This video is a re-consideration of Haraway’s dogs (companion species) - with cyber-dolls - in order to do my work.  (But as Haraway writes, “Bitches that run fast and bite hard are not surrogates for theory.”)  And even though I spent all my childhood in dog kennel husbandry, for my money a goddess remains, at least in terms of contemporary visuality, merely a surrealistic construct.  Cyborgs, however, are dangerously and tangibly hyperreal -- as is television today. 

Donna Haraway’s groundbreaking work in this area was vital.  But today, ‘cyborgs’ interpellate at every turn, making it equally vital to challenge Haraway’s contradicting “surrogacy”, and to re-represent its illogical conclusion.  For we stand at the precipice of our own narrowing uncanny valley

I’d Rather Be a Goddess   2008  (9:15)

“This is not my first manifesto, in 1985, I published “The Cyborg Manifesto” to try to make feminist sense of the implosions of contemporary life in technoscience. 

Cyborgs are “cybernetic organisms,” named in 1960 in the context of the space race, the  cold war, and imperialist fantasies of technohumanism built into policy and research projects.  I tried to inhabit cyborgs critically; ie., neither in celebration or condemnation, but in a spirit of ironic appropriation for ends never envisioned by the space warriors. 

Telling a story of co-habitation, co-evolution, and embodied cross-species sociality, this present manifesto asks which of two cobbled together figures - cyborgs and companion dogs - might more fruitfully inform livable politics and ontologies in current life worlds.  These figures are hardly polar opposites.  Cyborgs and companion dogs each bring together the human and the non-human, the organic and technological, carbon and silicon, freedom and structure, history and myth, the rich and the poor, the state and the subject, diversity and depletion, modernity and postmodernity, and nature and culture in unexpected ways.”

-appropriated from The Companion Species Manifesto  Donna Haraway (2003:4)

My “ironic-joke” ethnographic question:  

Would Foucault enjoy watching Baurdrillard fuck a doll that looked like Donna Haraway?

...Maybe, but I wouldn’t.  Would you?   Would Haraway?